Josh Ross's gear of the year 2021

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Welcome to my Gear of the Year. This space is an opportunity to reflect on what the year has been to me and some of the standout items with relation to the story that is my cycling. It's been a year of uncertainty and hope anchored by some stand out tech, so let's get into it.

Early this year came a vaccination that meant far more than some concept of safety, and as I got that first shot, I cried. Not because it hurt but because it stood for hope. The world was grappling with the science of a pandemic and the vaccine was a capstone. Along for the ride was a promise that it was more or less okay to ride my bike with people again. I naively thought it might be the beginning of a return to normality. 

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Josh Ross

Josh hails from the Pacific Northwest of the United States but would prefer riding through the desert than the rain. He will happily talk for hours about the minutiae of cycling tech but also has an understanding that most people just want things to work. He is a road cyclist at heart and doesn't care much if those roads are paved, dirt, or digital. Although he rarely races, if you ask him to ride from sunrise to sunset the answer will be yes. Height: 5'9" Weight: 140 lb. Rides: Salsa Warbird, Cannondale CAAD9, Enve Melee, Look 795 Blade RS, Priority Continuum Onyx